Timeline: How Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern's pregnancy unfolded

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and partner Clarke Gayford's baby is here.

It's been an unprecedented journey for the family over the past nine months, beginning with Ms Ardern discovering she was pregnant in the middle of coalition negotiations.

The news only added to the whirlwind of international media attention and scrutiny, and there was a huge amount of planning required ahead of the birth.

We look back over some of the most significant moments:

August 2, 2017: Pre-election: Jacinda Ardern defends women in the workplace
 

This is technically unrelated but worthy of a mention. One month before finding out she was pregnant and in the lead-up to the election, Jacinda Ardern told off The AM Show host Mark Richardson for saying prospective employers had a right to ask about a woman's baby plans.

She snapped and gave him an aggressive finger point, telling him it was "totally unacceptable in 2017" to expect women to have to answer that question.

Jacinda Ardern pointing at Mark Richardson.
Jacinda Ardern pointing at Mark Richardson. Photo credit: AM Show

October 13, 2017: Jacinda Ardern finds out she is pregnant
 

Jacinda Ardern first learned she was pregnant on October 13 last year, before she was Prime Minister, in the middle of coalition negotiations following the September election.

Her partner Clarke Gayford was away filming his fishing show at the time and she told him over Facebook. They decided to keep the news to themselves for a while.

October 19, 2017: Winston Peters announces he wants to work with Labour
 

After almost four weeks of negotiating, New Zealand First leader Winston Peters announced that his party wanted to form a coalition Government with Labour.

Signing the Labour-NZ First coalition agreement.
Signing the Labour-NZ First coalition agreement. Photo credit: Getty

October 26, 2017: Jacinda Ardern sworn in as Prime Minister

At a ceremony at Government House, Ms Ardern was sworn in as the 40th Prime Minister of New Zealand.

Ms Ardern at Parliament with her nieces, after being sworn in at Government House.
Ms Ardern at Parliament with her nieces, after being sworn in at Government House. Photo credit: Getty

January 18, 2018: Deputy Prime Minister Winston Peters is told about the baby

Ms Ardern met with Deputy Prime Minister Winston Peters to share the news and ask if he could take over as Acting Prime Minister for six weeks after the birth of the child.

The news was not public yet.

January 19, 2018: The PM shares her pregnancy news online
 

The Prime Minister announces her pregnancy on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook, with a touching picture of three fish hooks.

"We thought 2017 was a big year! This year we'll join the many parents who wear two hats. I'll be PM & a mum while Clarke will be “first man of fishing” & stay at home dad," she wrote in the post.

"There will be lots of questions (I can assure you we have a plan all ready to go!) but for now bring on 2018."

Ms Ardern and Clarke Gayford outside their home after announcing their baby news.
Ms Ardern and Clarke Gayford outside their home after announcing their baby news. Photo credit: Getty

The official press release is sent out
 

Shortly afterwards a press release appeared in newsroom inboxes across the country, with the gobsmacking subject line: "Prime Minister and Clarke Gayford expecting first child".

It revealed the couple's baby was expected in June.

February 6, 2018 - Waitangi Day: Baby name suggestions
 

During a five-day trip to Waitangi the Prime Minister was given a number of baby name suggestions. Northland iwi Te Aupōuri suggested 'Waimirirangi' meaning 'strong, fierce princess' or 'strong woman'.

The Rātana movement 'gifted' Ms Ardern with its suggestion to give the baby the middle name Waru, or Te Waru.

February 18, 2018: Julie Anne Genter is also pregnant
 

Minister for Women, Associate Health and Associate Transport Minister Julie Anne Genter announced that she and her partner Peter are also expecting a baby.

"We're going to have get an extra seat for our bikes - we're expecting our first child in early August. We are so happy. 2018 is going to be an even bigger adventure!"

February 26, 2018: Prime Minister "not fazed" after questionable Australian interview
 

When the Prime Minister was interviewed by Charles Woolley on 60 Minutes, many people were furious on her behalf.

Mr Woolley took an intrusive line of questioning, seemingly trying to glean details about the exact moment of conception.

Despite the uproar Ms Ardern said she was "not fazed".

A screenshot from the controversial 60 Minutes interview.
A screenshot from the controversial 60 Minutes interview. Photo credit: Channel 9

May 29, 2018: The gift of the 'but you!' finger-pointing baby jumpsuit
 

The AM Show gave the Prime Minister some baby gifts, with the highlight being from Mark Richardson. He chose to immortalise the historic take-down on a jumpsuit for the baby.

Timeline: How Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern's pregnancy unfolded
Photo credit: AM Show

June 5, 2018: No more baby talk: The final baby plan is released
 

In a press release, the Prime Minister said there'd be no one-on-one interviews about her pregnancy or anything else until after the baby was born.

The plan said that she would remain in charge until arriving at the hospital, when Winston Peters would become Acting Prime Minister.

After the birth, there would be a photo opportunity and a few questions taken outside Auckland Hospital.

The plan said that when she returns to work, Ms Ardern would give one round of media interviews to major outlets and that would be the only formal media opportunity in relation to the baby.

The release asked for peace and quiet following the birth.

June 21, 2018: Baby girl is born

On June 21, 2018 at 4:45pm, Ms Ardern's baby girl was born at Auckland Hospital.

"Welcome to our village wee one," she wrote in a touching Instagram post.

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